15 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

15 days in Smoky Mountains & Cherokee Itinerary

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Cherokee
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Highlands
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Murphy
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Cherokee

Trails of Legends and Adventures

The center of Cherokee culture in the eastern part of the country, the town named after this Native American tribe serves as a base camp for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Cataloochee Valley will get you outdoors. Head to Barber Orchard Fruitstand and Elizabeth Ellison Galleryfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Deep Creek & Mouse Creek Falls) and Maggie Valley (Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum & Waterrock Knob). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee, take in the exciting artwork at The Cottage Craftsman, sample the fine beverages at Elevated Mountain Distilling Co., and look for gifts at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cherokee road trip app.

Knoxville to Cherokee is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Knoxville in August: high temperatures in Cherokee hover around 82°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Cherokee

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Highlands

Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Dry Falls and Whiteside Mountain. Do your shopping at The Bascom and Cashiers Farmers Market. Explore Highlands' surroundings by going to Franklin (Fishing Charters & Tours & Lazy Hiker Brewing Company). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, take a peaceful walk through Panthertown Valley, and tee off at Old Edwards Club.

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Drive from Cherokee to Highlands in 1.5 hours. August in Highlands sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Murphy.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Murphy

Murphy is a town in and the county seat of Cherokee County, North Carolina, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Highlander Gallery and Marketplace Antiques. Get some cultural insight at Fields of the Wood and Calaboose Cellars. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Murphy: RidgeRunner Ziplines (in Andrews), Carolina Outfitters (in Topton) and Eagle Fork Vineyards (in Hayesville). There's lots more to do: try your luck at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino, see what you can catch with Big Ol' Fish Guiding Service, look for all kinds of wild species at Cherokee Lake Recreation Area, and make a trip to Clay's Corner.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Murphy online road trip planner.

Drive from Highlands to Murphy in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Murphy can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Murphy

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips